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Team Principal a 'Thing of the Past'

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

When McLaren announced the signing of Eric Boullier as the new Racing Director, some astute Formula 1 fans asked, "what the heck is a Racing Director? Is that a new Ron Dennis phrase for team principal?"

Brawn Shrugs Off McLaren Rumours

Todd McCandless | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

It seems that Brawn is relishing the chance to take advantage of some leisure time after several decades of toil, tumult and success in Formula 1. Having won two titles while at Benetton, Brawn followed 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher to Ferrari secure another five titles with the Italian carmaker.

Red Bull's Horner Warns of 'Double Points' Decision

Todd McCandless | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The 2014 notion of double points seems to be another construct intended to tie one hand behind Red Bull's back. Should the season be close, double points could be a non-issue but should Red Bull have a decent lead, the final race could marginalize everything they'd accomplished in the season.

Branson's Virgin to Enter Formula E

Todd McCandless | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've been watching Formula 1 for a few years then you'll know that Richard Branson, boss of Virgin and one of the UK's richest men, has been around the series but only dipped his toe in the lukewarm waters of the world's most advanced for of motorsport...

Brawn Leaves Mercedes

Todd McCandless | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Rumors have suggested Williams F1, Ferrari and Red Bull as possible landing pads for Brawn but in the end, it depends on the circumstances as brawn doesn't like to play second fiddle to anyone- a main reason for leaving Mercedes.

RIP V8 Era 2006-2013

Todd McCandless | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One World Championship will say goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. It's not only the end of the 2013 season but the end of the V8 engine era.

Ecclestone's Replacement Won't Be From F1 Community

Todd McCandless | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

German authorities formally charged Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone last week for Bribery related to the sale of F1's interest and it raises the question as to who would put an 82-year-old man in prison--apparently the Germans would.

All But Four F1 Teams Financially Struggling

Todd McCandless | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Marussia designer Pat Symonds has addressed the recent concerns over the prize money payout as only the top 10 team will receive any compensation for the performance in the series. Symonds, a long-time F1 man, says that things are very difficult at the team and suggests that all but the top four teams are feeling the economic crunch.

Webber Conspiracy Is 'Rubbish'

Todd McCandless | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Christian Horner refuted implications that there could be a conspiracy at Red Bull as Mark Webber suffered a disastrous weekend in China. The Australian was the center of controversy after the Malaysian Grand Prix where his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, disobeyed team orders and took the win from Webber's pre-race plans.

Pirelli Blame Weather for 'Extreme' Degradation

Todd McCandless | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Advanced degradation is nothing new for Pirelli as the sport of Formula One mandated that they, as a sole supplier, provide a tire that rapidly degrades to add excitement to the racing. It is antithetical to the very nature of a tire company and Pirelli should be applauded for their efforts.

Caterham F1 Right-Size Their Expectations for 2013

Todd McCandless | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Expectations are always difficult things. Whether it is in your job, at home or on the track. Teams often feel positive about their chances and the results they'd like to see from their hard work and to those ends, they tend to offer positive thoughts regarding their expected results.

Jerez by the Numbers

Todd McCandless | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The fact behind this week's test in Jerez are amazing for a host of reasons...least of which is the pure emotional joy of Formula One engines getting ready for March. It's also an interesting event if you are the tire supplier for F1.

Herbert Defends F1 Stewards

Todd McCandless | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Is there a way of creating consistency and efficacy in the stewardship of Formula One without paying for permanent stewards?

Ferrari Already Building 2014 Car

Todd McCandless | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The 2014 campaign is a daunting issue... so much so that Ferrari have developed two distinct teams to focus on 2013 and 2014 at the same time.

Cold Tires, 15 Points, a Title and a Gearbox Change

Todd McCandless | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

It all comes down to 15 points.

Cosworth for Sale

Todd McCandless | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

It would be sad to see Cosworth leave F1 but current economic times are such that it may be more than just an engine supplier leaving the sport.

Hamilton Signs With Mercedes for the Challenge, not the Money

Todd McCandless | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Lewis grew up in the McLaren system and has been a part fo their driver stable for 14 years but there comes a time when young man must make the decisions, good ro bad, that will define his own career on terms he feels he has singlehandedly chosen.

British Consul Gloats Over F1 in Texas

Todd McCandless | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

We could argue about the origin of Grand Prix racing and the French could have a very good case but in modern times there is little question that the United Kingdom is the proper home of Formula One.

Ferrari Boss Dresses Down Formula 1

Todd McCandless | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Whether you are a fan of Ferrari or its boss, Luca di Montezemolo, the Italian head of Fiat is thinking outside of the box and for good reason. I recently commented on a statement McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh made about Formula One just now discovering this new technology called the "interweb" and how it may be used to generate new and exciting ways to connect with fans.

Todt: Cut Costs by 30% or Teams Will Leave F1

Todd McCandless | Posted 07.11.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

There was a meeting today between FIA president Jean Todt, Formula One Management boss Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo. Three big players in the current and future evolution of the sport. What kind of discussions could have taken place? Doubtful they were discussing this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Key Battles to Watch in the Second Half of F1 Season

Todd McCandless | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

A win here or a DNF there can change a lot of things in Formula One but there are a few races to watch in the second half of the 2012 season.

Sauber Fishing for Ferrari in the Pond of Turbo

Todd McCandless | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

A few years ago, BMW had a Formula One team and they had made the move from engine partner with Williams F1 to a full-fledged team. Having purchased Peter Sauber's F1 team, BMW set realistic goals and marched forward in their quest with success and methodical achievements under the leadership of Dr. Mario Theissen.

Tire Master Maldonado

Todd McCandless | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

No question that the 2012 Formula One season is all about tire preservation. Like it or not, this has become an elusive combination of chassis set up and driver skill. Tactics and strategy play a huge role in the ability to put yourself in a position to win regardless if you are the fastest car on the grid or not.

'Anonymous' Warn of Attack on F1 in Canada

Todd McCandless | Posted 29.07.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

If you've been following our stories regarding the protests in Canada, here and here, then you may be interested to know that the group 'Anonymous' has once again targeted Formula One as the center of their next attack on June 10th according to the group's statement:

Perez Has a Score to Settle at Monaco

Todd McCandless | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Sergio Perez was having a drive of his life a year ago in Monaco. I was stunned at his pace around the principality and commented quite strongly how his performance made me a fan and showed a true sign of a man who will be a contender...then he hit the wall.